The Egyptian regime uses collective punishment policy against opponents and their families in order to silence the voices criticising the regime’s repression and the violations of freedoms in the country.
Activist Abdullah Al-Sherif published a tweet saying: “My father, Mohamed Al-Sherif, 74, has been arrested now. You have three of my family members, my father and two brothers, and I have nothing to lose.”
The Egyptian authorities had previously arrested Al-Sherif’s father last December, after storming his house in Alexandria, right after the activist published a YouTube video on the financial corruption in Egypt.
Al-Sherif’s father was released hours later, and the Ministry of Interior issued a statement claiming that his arrest was “to review some financial transfers received from abroad.”
In March 2020, the security forces arrested Al-Sherif’s two brothers Amr and Ahmed, after illegally storming their house, destroying its furnitures, and taking the two brothers to an unknown destination.